March 09, 2018

Memories from our week

It's time to clean up my phone and share some great photos from our week with you!  
Week 25 was a busy and productive one for the kids in room 208! 

We worked in our St. Patrick's Day booklet which not only help develop reading and writing skills,
the questions are designed to prepare students for EQAO. 

We even looked at solving problems related to probability this week! 

Alessandro put his glasses on his Smurf to make him look more grumpy! LOL! 

Daniel brought in his beautiful Smurf portrait! Great job Daniel!

We had lots of fun with our Leprechaun directed drawing on Thursday! 

We had fun sharing the picture in our mind we made while reading the story
in the St. Patrick's day booklet. 

As part of our measurement unit, we worked with partners to problem solve! 

When the problems were finished, we displayed them and did a gallery walk to look at one another's work! 

Earlier in the week, we shared our announcements for our fantasy school clubs! The announcement had to grab the listener's attention and include the who,what, where, when and why details. 

March 05, 2018

Unit 6: Measurement

We began our new Math unit on Monday! We're learning all about Measurement. This is a long unit and it will take us right through to Easter.  You can access the Big Ideas and Learning Goals here.

February 28, 2018

We have an announcement to make!

As part of our Morning Message, we've been reading a catchy announcement of the day where we read with lots of expression and modulation. We're learning about the importance of including the 5 Ws when announcing an event, especially over the PA system where, in most cases, we only have our voice and word-choice to convey our message effectively.  

A side note...I made the video above, years ago to support my lessons on announcement writing.  I still find Boy and Girl Classmate so funny! The website is now defunct, but I'll always treasure the videos I made! 

The boys and girls were asked to think about a fantasy club they would like to have here at school and generate an announcement that tells the who, what, where, when and why of the club. 

Students are asked to begin their announcement by using a catchy hook that grabs attention and write something that is lively and entertaining.  

We're going to work on our announcements all week long in class, take them home for practice on the weekend and then present them to the class on Tuesday. They don't have to be memorized, in fact, that's something we discourage, but we do want everyone to use their very best "radio" voice!


February 27, 2018

How to Use Quotation Marks

As we move through the grade three writing program, it's important to not only teach students the importance of engaging their reader and organizing their ideas effectively, they also need to know the more technical aspects of what good writers do. Using quotation marks is a bit like making bread: one missed step and you end up with a bit of a gooey mess. 

For this reason, I like to teach children that there are five key steps (or ingredients!) to correct quotation mark usage. 

We read a variety of stories on the Smartboard as part of Morning Message that rely heavily on characters speaking in order for the plot to move along, so the boys and girls are familiar with how they work. Our focus for this month has been on reading orally so that we sound like the characters, so naturally, that meant we needed lots and lots of dialogue in the story.   

Over the course of the last week or so, the boys and girls have learned all about how to show when a character is speaking in their own writing. This was introduced when students started working on the page below from their Pancake Tuesday booklet. Here they're asked to finish the story and they were encouraged to use quotation marks where possible. 

On Thursday night, the boys and girls will need to practice those skills again on their homework page (pictured below). 

The graphic below was used as part of a blog post a few years ago. Students can use this as a reference guide when checking their own work at home tonight to make sure they're work is completed correctly. 


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